I am Aruna Chaminda Pushpakumara.I was born as the eldest of my family. I have one sister. we live in Galle. I was an extrovert character from my childhood. I used to be with my grandmother when I was a child. She was my first teacher. She lived in polonnaruwa and today I believe, the time I spent with my grandmother has made me who I am today. From the childhood I wanted to learn everything. I can remember well. I didn’t wanted to pass the examinations. But wanted to learn how things work. I was not a tamed boy. As my grandmother most of the time had to visit my school for principals, class teacher’s messages. I did two things from the begging. One was mathematics. The other was English.
I got through my OL with a distinction for mathematics. Then everyone in my family wanted me to learn to be an engineer. But I wanted to be a doctor. I got through the GCE AL. But couldn’t enter the university. Then I applied for National College of Education. I got selected for Mahaweli National College of Education. This is the place where I became a different man. I followed the teacher training course and of course I rather followed IT over there. Most of the time I observed thing deeply and I had the ability to endure thing thoroughly. After three years of my training I came out from the college as a full teacher. Even today I would like to thank full my teachers over there. Madam Rathnayake and Madam Manik wawegama was my best teacher Educators. Especially Assistant Principal Mr.Premadasa of Nugawela Boys College is someone I will never forget.
As a whole by Teacher training I got vast knowledge and experiences which I absorbed through out that time period helped me to work and think not only a Teacher but a counsellor, also as a matured person who can understand things and how the universe works.
I got my teacher appointment in 2006.I came to Batuwangala Maha Vidyalaya as an English teacher. Batuwangala Maha Vidyalaya is a Beautiful location. I was living in busy environment before coming here. But after I came to Batuwangala I felt that I came to the place where I meant to be. So Finally I studied about the village and one day mathematics teacher Mr.Sarath brought me in to the computer lab. I saw more than 20computers were there. Dust full environment. Only three pcs were preferably can use. Mr.Sarath talked to me and he talked to principal and so I became the in charge of the lab. I cleaned the lab for more than 24 hours with senior students. Students were curious about their new teacher who rarely speaks Sinhala.I finished the labs security levels and opened the lab for children. We published a web site for our school. Within one month. Student became friendly and I always asked them to take me as a friend who knows more than them .I also have given them the freedom to think up to far away so they can explore things in different ways .I asked them always to start thinking where I stopped teaching them not to pass all that examinations but to live.
One day accidentally Mr.Block Jayathissa who was the Southern province IT director for SEMP talked to me. So as we were given evillage project. From there we has come across lots of obstacles. But my students, and me always silent but working. Today I have bought the innocent students to the global village. Batuwangala is 65km away from Galle city. But now I have made it one click to the whole world. Principal Thilaka Wijenayake,BMV staff helped me and guided me through. I want to see a day where my students use computers as professionals do one day. SEMP project is the force behind our each and every task.
For Last three years I had lot of activities inside the Batuwangala Maha Vidyalaya. Given bellow is a list of them.
I arranged the school in a way disciplinary best. I launched Project to conduct day to day routine inside the school in a convenient way. I prepared a leaving card for student so there will be one boy out from the class and two girls can go out with the card for any purpose. Only principal is allowed to issue orders out side without card. This made the school children do not come out from the classroom without any necessacity.
We introduced Content management systems to evillages. We redesigned our web sites using joomla and at the monument we are the only evillage with online application forms. We pioneered to all evillages to use w2 technology with the help of SEMP.
I found a donor to give us an internet connection. One donor gave us 1Mbps internet connection. I found another lady to pay our internet bill for us for the first six months.
I collected almost each and every of new technology gadgets to the CLC center. We are now consists of light scribe DVD writer, Web camera, Blue tooth receivers, MMC readers…..etc.
I fund a donor from the internet to give us a Color laser printer. We are the only evillage in Sri Lanka with Color toner laser printer.
I stared a project to find volunteer teacher from overseas to work with us here in Batuwangala. The foreign teacher worked with the evillage for three days of time in BMV computer lab inside the BMV.
I stared an email project with a junior school in Australia and students are exchanging mails. With this project students Engage in English Actively.
I started a project to build a minihydropower plant to Batuwangala Maha Vidyalaya.We are the only evillage, School in Sri lanka who possess a hydropower plant.We did a live web cast on our Sinhala language and literature day 2009. We are the only evillage did a live webcast.
This is the first time i listed my three years of time here.Recently I started a tution class.one of my friend asked why??What Happend???So before every one ask the same question this is my answer.
By doing all these things I got only stones.Bad name and I am slightly slipping down from my personnel life.So I too have to take over my fathers duty.When I do My own things Hope there will be no one to draw me back..I mean at least I can do what I want to do.So doing a thing without drawbacks is better than being with thousands of them.The steps we took to uphold the ICT & English knowledge will be there.Only a simple change.